Bellis double daisy Swan River daisy

Height: 15-30cm (6-12in)

Planting: distance 20-25cm (8-10in)

Type: half-hardy annual

Features: flowers spring to summer

Soil: ordinary

Site: sun or partial shade

From the familiar wild daisy come several bigger, brighter, garden varieties which are ideal for edging flowerbeds or mixing with other plants in window boxes and containers. They have white, pink or red, mop-like flowers borne in profusion from late spring to mid summer on 10-20cm (4-8in) high stems. The loose rosettes of Bellis perennis ‘Bright Carpet Mixed’ evergreen leaves form a dense carpet on the ground.

Popular varieties:

These popular varieties are all developed from Bellis perennis.

‘Bright Carpet Mixed’ has small, double, red, white and rose blooms] ‘Goliath’ has large, double blooms in shades of red, salmon-pink, pink, and white.

‘Habanera’ is early flowering and has large, double blooms with long, graceful petals. Flowers come in shades of red, rose and pink together with white.

‘Pomponette’ produces a mass of very small, double flowers in reds, pinks and whites.

Cultivation

Sow seeds in early summer in shallow drills in an outdoor seedbed. Thin, then transplant to the flowering site in early autumn, setting the plants 15-25cm (6-10in) apart. Ordinary garden soil, in sun or partial shade, is suitable.

When they flower the following summer, deadhead to prevent self-seeding.

Pests and diseases: Trouble free.

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